RCA cup misery

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SUNDERLAND RCA crashed out of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup when they suffered a 7-1 mauling by Morpeth Town at Craik Park last night.

Five goals ahead at the interval, Morpeth enjoyed their biggest win for a long time as the goals flowed from Stephen Anderson, with a hat-trick, Michael Chilton (2) and Shaun Taylor (2).

Richard Logan claimed a solitary consolation goal for Neil Hixon’s well-beaten Wearsiders.

Second Division leaders North Shields saw off Shildon, who are second top in Division One, in the surprise of the night.

The only goal came on 66 minutes when Keiran Wrightson turned brilliantly and hooked the ball into the net past Shildon keeper Lewis Graham.

One goal was also sufficient for West Allotment Celtic against Ryton and Crawcrook Albion. With just six minutes on the clock, good approach play by Kallum McGlen opened up the opportunity for Lawrence McKenna and he swept the loose ball into the net.

Ashington went through at Billingham Synthonia, triumphing 3-1 thanks to strikes from Andrew Johnson, Glen Taylor and Marc Walton. Michael Sweet reduced a two-goal deficit, but Synners never really threatened to get back into the game.

First Division high-fliers Marske United needed a penalty shoot-out at Second Division Stokesley SC.

Gerard Richardson gave the hosts an interval advantage, but, 15 minutes from time, Kerry Hedley levelled. With no further goals after 120 minutes, Marske won through 6-5 on penalties.

Until recently, Newcastle Benfield were near the bottom of the First Division, but they are now in the top half of the table following a crushing 4-0 derby victory over Team Northumbria, courtesy of strikes by Paul Brayson, Stephen Tobin, Stephen Baptist and goalkeeper Meikel Moens, who turned the ball into his own net.

Brandon United defeated Wearside League strugglers Ashbrooke Belford House 5-3 in a Durham Challenge Cup preliminary round thriller.

Mark Brischuk bagged a brace, with Luke Wilson, Kevin Hamilton and James Davison also on target for Brandon. Stephen Bogie (2) and Lee Harrison replied for never-say-die Belford.

Esh Winning went out 4-0 to Whickham, whose matchwinners were Craig Rook, Anthony Falcon, David Fitzpatrick and Stephen Aiston.